Jazzy Country

THIS MONTH I’D LIKE TO SHOW YOU how to play a country jazz solo.



THIS MONTH I’D LIKE TO SHOW YOU how to play a country jazz solo. It is a chorus from 12-bar blues/rock shuffle that I wrote and recorded on my first CD entitled About Time. The song is called “D.G’s Boogie” and was written as a tribute to the great Danny Gatton.

It’s in the key of E and is based on a lick that is repeated over each chord and should be played using hybrid picking. Use your pick for the notes on the fourth and fifth strings and your middle and ring fingers on strings three and two, respectively.

Begin by playing a G on the fourth string and then sliding a half-step up to the G#. Then play the double-stop on strings two and three as described above. Move your 1st finger over to the fifth string, play a D# and then slide down a half-step slide to the D. This move is followed by once again playing the double-stop on the second and third strings. The contrary motion of the slides give it a slinky, greasy vibe that sounds and feels good.

The tricky part is that the lick sounds off balance because it has a three-againstfour feel. It begins on beat one and then repeats starting on beat four. Don’t worry though—it all comes out even at the end. To play the lick over the IV chord, simply move the entire shape to the tenth position and then up to the twelfth position for the V7 chord.

The chord riff at the end uses a shape that moves down in a harmonized E blues scale (the top notes, on the B string, outline the scale). Play these chords using hybrid picking, and to truly Gatton-ize this, try using a short slap back delay at about 125mls.